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Some NSCRO Conferences concluded their regular seasons this week while others are gearing up. Things get a little confusing in NSCRO, so for now we are going to focus on the Champions Cup.
All of the conferences in Region one (Northeast) are into conference playoffs. This includes Upstate New York, the Tri State, NERFU and the Colonial Coast.
Alfred and Ithaca both won their respective games over the weekend and take the top two spots in the west playoffs. Alfred bested Ithaca earlier this year and will host the Bombers this Saturday in the conference semifinals.
In the north, Plattsburgh finished unbeaten in front of Paul Smith, whom they defeated 23-12 earlier this year. Paul Smith will travel to Plattsburgh for the other semifinals.
The four team Tri State playoffs are set. Vassar took home the top spot after a convincing win over SUNY New Paltz. The teams will see each other next week as the Hawks finished in fourth after the loss. The top four all lost at least one game so the playoffs should prove to be an interesting couple of weekends. SUNY-Maritime, and Monroe College round out the top four.
The matchups are as follows:
Vassar vs SUNY-New Paltz
SUNY-Maritime vs Monroe College
The eight team playoffs in the Colonial Coast started last weekend. Top seeded Salve Regina dispatched Western New England 67-0, Endicott blasted Wheaton 60-15, BU edged Umass Dartmouth 35-7 and Plymouth State beat Wentworth 29-17.
The semifinal matchups are set for this Saturday:
Salve Regina vs Plymouth State
Endicott vs Boston U
The top two from the north and south will square off in a cross divisional playoff. Maine Farmington won the north and will battle Salem State. The south winner, Holy Cross will take on Colby in the other semifinal.
Region two is a little bit further behind in its playoff push. The Mid Atlantic South/North Qualifiers which includes the East Penn and Capital Rugby Unions is on November 18.
The Capital Rugby Conference will see the top team go straight to the regional qualifiers while the second and third teams will play on November 4 for the second spot to the post season. Currently, it is a three team race with Catholic, Loyola and Frostburg State well ahead of the field. Catholic beat Loyola earlier this year 33-31 to remain unbeaten but still has a bout with Frostburg left on the schedule. Frostburg, however, lost to Loyola by a comfortable margin. Regardless of what shakes out, it will be these three teams that fight for the two conference playoff spots.
The Marc Conference sees the top two teams come out of the division straight to the playoffs. It looks like Susquehanna and Bucknell will be the two teams. Franklin and Marshall has an outside shot of making it but needs to run the table.
Region three is similar to region one. The playoffs will start November 11 so all of the conferences are winding down.
The winner of the Minnesota region will earn a berth to the playoffs. Iowa Central moved up from the Challenge Cup and will be formidable. This conference is down to the semifinals, which will take place this weekend on Saturday and Sunday.
Here are the matchups:
Iowa Central vs St. Thomas
Winona vs St. John’s
In Wisconsin, the top two from the North and the South make the conference playoffs on November 4-5. As it stands, Milwaukee School of Engineering and Stevens Point lead their respective divisions. The last week of games will determine the other two teams to join them in the playoffs.
The rest of the conferences, including region four, play their playoffs a little later in the fall. Some will start on November 18 while others won’t begin until the spring.